We took a look at some of the panels last time around, but now we’re getting to the BIG ones! The panels hosted by two of the current giants of anime here in the United States which are FUNimation and Aniplex! No point in dawdling! Let’s get started!!
FUNumation Industry Panel
I’m not sure what I was expecting from this sort of corporate event, but it ended up being an advertising bonanza with them showcasing their recent releases, what they plan to release for the upcoming season and the streaming services they are currently offering. Right now, you can gain access to FUNimation’s entire back catalog of shows in one of two ways. With a Sub Pass, you can watch any anime that FUNimation has rights to the subtitled version of as well as their subtitled Simulcasts. With the All-Access Pass though, you can access that as well as all their dubbed anime, as well as a couple of extras not available for the Sub Pass.
So last weekend (11/6-11/9), I was at NekoCon 18 in Hampton Virginia and it was the first big(ish) con I had ever been to. I went there with occasional site collaborator Matthew Wimer (Doctor Scientist) who had been there about two years ago. I was very nervous overall and, as I usually do, ended up not talking to very many people and just wandered around in my down time. I didn’t get a lot of pictures which I feel kind of silly about in hindsight, but those are the breaks. Maybe next year I’ll do better and be a bit more active overall. Still, I can use this space to talk about my experiences and the panels/events that we took part of throughout the weekend! Let’s get started!!
Lovely Heart Maid Café
So for some reason, Doctor Scientist was pretty insistent that we get to this place at some point, but I wasn’t all that into the idea. Sure enough, when we did get there it was a pretty awkward experience. I can understand the appeal of Kawaii stuff in anime and whatnot, but it wasn’t all that comfortable for someone to be hanging around the table making cute faces and acting like a seven year old while in a maid outfit. Now it seems that all the girls who were working there were REALLY into the roles and were enjoying themselves for the most part (they were technically working as waitresses, so only a certain level of fun can realistically be achieved) and the maid who was working at our table eventually convinced me to pay a dollar to have a picture taken with them. I had Doctor Scientist take it and of course he screwed it up, but I didn’t feel the need to either insist that the maid take another picture or pay her for another one.
Seriously dude. Have you EVER used a camera phone before!? And yes, I’m dressed as Travis Touchdown from No More Heroes.